Asus C300 Chromebook

SAMSUNG CSC Chromebooks are what you call a “growing prospective” kind of product. The vision of a cloud only based laptop didn’t quite sit well with the majority of the market place, and only a select few actually took the chance to try out a Chromebook when they launched a few years back. I was one of those few who tried the concept at an early stage and I truly enjoyed the experienced. You have to come into it knowing the capabilities of the software and hardware and adjust accordingly. The same mentality should be reflected with the Asus C300 Chromebook.

Coming with a generous 13 inch display and longevity in the battery department, Asus tried to differentiate itself from the collection of similar Chromebooks with its price. At $249, being able to produce documents, spreadsheets, and presentation; albeit Google connected services, is nothing to scoff at. The only thing Asus could do wrong is not put all the pieces together correctly. Starting with the screen, it comes in at a unflavorful 1366×768. The more alarming part of it all is the TN panel used inside. Viewing angles and color reproduction are at their worst unfortunately and I’ve never seen a display outdoors that is completely unseeable. Even with brightness on full blast outdoor visibility is not possible with this display.

On the flip side, Asus packed  4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a faster quad-core processor than previous models, and an optional cellular connectivity. Although Chromebooks don’t have an advanced operating system running everything, I found sluggish usage throughout my experience with the device. Scrolling can be unbearable at times and loading is sporadic. When everything does work, the experience is enjoyable and comes off as a more polished OS than in previous iterations. Trackpad and keyboard may be the highlight features of the C300 as the surface area for the keyboard is extremely large and the trackpad works flawlessly without any issues. Sound on the C300 is a mixed bag. It can output quite a bit of noise if you’re playing the right media content, however, when playing anything pass 75% volume, the interior begins to rattle and echo inside. It’s unfortunate that I have to reduce my listening experience at a set level if I want to enjoy it on the C300

The exterior design of the C300 is rather elegant and gives a pretty good imitation of a high-end device. However, this is only aesthetically as the building materials feel generic, cheap, and are prone to smudge parties all over the device. You can really feel the compromises Asus made to reach the price point, but they found a way to build a solidly built device all the same. Battery life is on par with Asus’s claim at 10+ hours. There were times where I could push the C300 to 12 hours, so consistent use is not a problem with this model.

The Asus C300 Chromebook is definitely a standout product if you’re in the market for Chromebooks. As a college student, I can see this resonating well with my fellow classmates as product tool for occasional fun a play. The price makes it so even if you don’t fall in the love with the C300, you’ll definitely be content with what it has to offer over time.